You really can’t go wrong if you go heavy on the carbs at this rustic Italianish-American restaurant in Bloomingdale. Start with crostini toasted over the wood-fired grill, then slathered with whipped ricotta and truffle honey. Handmade garganelli and cavatelli pasta are dressed for the season, whether with porcini crema in winter or sweet-corn fonduta come summer. One staple: rigatoni with fennel-sausage ragu. Our server sold the Red Hen classic by saying it’s the perfect dish if you’re having a bad day. It has never failed to make us smile. Moderate.
Also great: Smoked-trout rillettes; burrata; fried Brussels sprouts; mafalde with braised duck;caramelized scallops.